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The Gods of the Copybook Headings: A fresh take on ancient truths


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  • Anonymous November 23, 2020, 1:44 PM

    I dont understand the reference to “Copybook Headings”

  • Callmelennie November 23, 2020, 1:46 PM

    Anonymous would be me; I’m not ashamed of my ignorance of Victorian era arcana

  • julie November 23, 2020, 2:25 PM

    Schoolchildren used to practice writing by copying sentences in a copybook. Usually, in Kipling’s day, the sentences were well-known proverbs, Psalms, or the like. There’s an example of a copybook page at 0:22 in the above video.

  • ErisGuy November 23, 2020, 3:41 PM

    “No! I’m not asking you. As a priest of Christ I am commanding you by the authority of Almighty God not to lay hands on your child, not to offer her life in sacrifice to a false god of expedient mercy. I do not advise you, I adjure and command you in the name of Christ the King. Is that clear?”

  • Callmelennie November 23, 2020, 4:05 PM

    Thank you so much, Julie. It would be the equivalent of Catechism class for Catholic kids. And a whole lot of Catholics would be fitting subjects for poem/essay.

    They “outgrew” their Catholic grounding, in the same way some Brits outgrew the wisdom found in their copybooks. .And what was the result …

    I get it now, I really do.

  • Jewel November 23, 2020, 5:17 PM

    C. S. Lewis wrote about modern, wretched British education in one of his Narnia books, from the 1950s. My own public school education was the squalid remnants in the barrel of modern education. Over the last decade, for me, it has been a pleasure reading manly, Christian poetry.

  • Cris November 23, 2020, 5:54 PM

    I suspect it’s time for Recessional to be updated as well for the present day: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WBra_BjJQY

  • Jewel November 24, 2020, 2:43 PM

    One good memorable verse deserves another.

  • Carmichael December 1, 2020, 1:18 PM

    ErisGuy. A Canticle for Leibowitz. One of the greatest novels ever written both for substance and style.